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Lawmakers Worried New Foster Care Contracts Open The Door To Discrimination

Update: An earlier version of this story misidentified the agency that advised lawmakers on the language of the law. It was the Office of the Revisor of Statutes. A restructuring of how Kansas hires agencies to manage foster care and adoptions could allow widespread exclusion of placements with gay parents — a revelation Monday that prompted objections from some lawmakers.

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Gov. Jeff Colyer was on the defense during a Republican forum sponsored by KMUW and KWCH on Tuesday night.

He was targeted by his Republican gubernatorial opponents over Kansas’ budget issues during his time with the Brownback administration.

Former state Sen. Jim Barnett was one of several candidates who attacked Colyer over the Brownback era tax cuts.

“The Brownback Colyer tax experiment brought this state to its knees,” Barnett said.

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The American Red Cross escalated its call this week for donors to help combat a summer blood shortage.

The Red Cross said that around summer holidays like Independence Day there are fewer blood drives and a decline in new donors.

Karen Alderson said she donated blood on Tuesday during a drive at Friends University as a way to give back.

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State officials said there were at least 133 injuries in Kansas caused by fireworks during the Independence Day holiday week.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said the injuries varied in severity. They were reported by more than 80 percent of the state’s hospital emergency departments from July 1-7.

Thirty-eight injuries were reported in Sedgwick County, more than double any other county.

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Both of Kansas’ U.S. senators have released statements of support for President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.

New Kansas Initiative Looks To Track Cattle Diseases

Jul 10, 2018

Kansas is taking the lead on a project aimed at tracking cattle disease with the hopes of protecting the U.S. beef industry.

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A new awareness campaign in Kansas is aimed at cutting the demand for prostitution as a way to fight human trafficking.

The campaign involves state agencies and local advocacy groups teaming up to push the Demand an End initiative. It involves education and announcements warning people that buyers of sex face charges.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Tuesday that the campaign wants to create a culture where buying sex is not acceptable. He said it’s not a victimless crime.

“The money goes somewhere,” he said. “It fuels a marketplace.

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A former Sedgwick County commissioner will be on the ballot for the District 5 seat in the November general election.

Jim Skelton is running as an independent candidate.

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman certified Skelton’s petition this weekend. Lehman says Skelton submitted 234 petition pages. He needed 2,211 valid signatures to get on the ballot as an official candidate.

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Under former President George W. Bush, the highest ceiling on the number of refugees admitted into the U.S. was 80,000. Under Barack Obama, it was 110,000. President Donald Trump set this year's cap at 45,000.

“And based on the numbers so far, we're looking at less than half that many that we were told would be allowed into the country," says Harold Schlechtweg, the advocacy coordinator with the International Rescue Committee in Kansas.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will not represent himself during the appeal of a voting rights case in which he was ordered to undergo more legal education and was twice found in contempt of court.

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A court filing asserts Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has complied with a court order finding the state's residents are not required to provide documentary proof of citizenship to register to vote.

Kobach told U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson there are no longer any registrations in suspense or cancelled for lack of citizenship documents.

The joint status report filed Sunday informs Robinson that Kobach is in full compliance with her order that all registrants receive the same information from county election offices and vote using the same poll books.

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On Stage This Summer

If it's summer, there must be farce, and if there's farce, the chances are good that it's at The Kechi Playhouse. See How They Run is a three-act comedy by Philip King, set in an English village just after the end of World War II. Laugh the night away at this fast-paced, door-slamming delight, on stage through July 29 th .

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Monday 7.16.18

Night Train kicks off the week with more music from July featured artist Hank Jones, including a newly released live set from Copenhagen in 1983 and from one of several performances from the Village Vanguard with the Great Jazz Trio. Night Train also marks birthdays of Latin jazz artists Cal Tjader and Bola Sete (also featured tonight on Global Village), tenor saxophonist Anton Schwartz, and drummer Bobby Previte, and features new releases from Emmet Cohen with Ron Carter, the Fred Hersch Trio and Ben Paterson.

Tuesday 7.17.18

A long list of birthdays to celebrate tonight on the Night Train, including Dave Brubeck and Marian McPartland drummer Joe Morello, tenor saxophonist Chico Freeman, pianist Vince Guaraldi, guitarist Mary Osborne, singer Joanie Pallatto (with the late, great Bob Dorough, who was just named a 2019 NEA Jazz Master), baritone saxophonist Nick Brignola, and singer Jimmy Scott. Plus more from July featured artist Hank Jones (with brothers Thad and Elvin) and new releases from Eliane Elias, the ‘Standards Trio’ of Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock & Jack DeJohnette, Roger Kellaway, Bill O’Connell and Freddy Cole.

Wednesday 7.18.18

Night Train continues the July Hank Jones Centennial Birthday feature with music the acclaimed pianist did with Cannonball Adderley (on the classic Somethin’ Else album) and with Abbey Lincoln. There’s also new music from Don Braden, Leslie Pintchik, the Jeff Hamilton Trio and the Kenny Barron Quintet; and a birthday salute to keyboardist Brian Auger with some of his jazz recordings in hour one and a special concert performance in hour two of the show.

Thursday 7.19.18

Night Train highlights music and musicians from around the world – including Brazil’s Antonio Adolfo and Nilson Matta, Argentina’s Diego Urcola, Cameroon’s Gino Sitson, the Gabriel Alegria’s Afro-Peruvian Sextet, and saxophonist Juli Wood from her album featuring jazz renditions of traditional music from Finland.

Monday, July 16

Global Village celebrates birthdays of ska and reggae star Desmond Dekker, salsa star Ruben Blades, Brazilian guitarist Bola Sete, and West Coast Latin jazz pioneer Cal Tjader. Plus more music for the Hot July/Cool Nordic Sounds feature with Finnish accordionist Markku Lepistö (with Samurai Accordion), and new music from the Turbans, African Scream Contest 2 with music from Benin, and reissues from the Gladiators and Buena Vista bassist Cachaito.

Tuesday, July 17

Global Village goes to Estonia for some traditional, neo-folk and classical music with roots in Estonian folk music. We’ll hear music of Arvo Pärt and Tormis performed by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and the contemporary ensemble, Tormis Quartet from a new tribute album they did. Plus selections from Trad.Attack!, Mari Kalkun , the award-winning Estonian-Belgian group Estbel, and the Estonian-Ukranian band Svjata Vatra.

Wednesday, July 18

Global Village marks Nelson Mandela International Day – a special day of commemoration, celebration, and public service designated by the United Nations in honor of South African leader Nelson Mandela’s birthday. The show highlights music in honor of Mandela and the fight against apartheid in South Africa that still resonate today, including works from a number of musicians from South Africa. We’ll hear selections from Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Artists United Against Apartheid, Abdullah Ibrahim, Brenda Fassie, Harry Belafonte and more.

Thursday, July 19

In conjunction with the Hot July/Cool Nordic Sounds feature, Global Village heads to Norway for a wide array of traditional, classical, jazz and world inspired music. We’ll hear pioneering world jazz saxophonist Jan Garbarek and contemporary sax and goat horn world jazz player Karl Seglem; Hardanger fiddle player Annbjorn Lien; Sami artist Mari Boine; early music lute and guitar player Rolf Lislevand; contemporary classical group Trio Mediaeval; Norwegian-African ensemble Monoswezi and more.

Friday, July 20

Global Village celebrates Colombian Independence Day with a wide array of different styles of music and artists from that South American country. We’ll hear the popular folk styles of cumbia and vallenato, classical music, salsa, and contemporary Latin rock, from such artists as Carlos Vives, Aterciopelados, Joe Arroyo, Sidestepper, and more.

July 20/22

Crossroads continues the July Jump Blues feature with music from Louis Jordan, early Roomful of Blues, Kansas City’s Jay McShann, a classic from Big Maybelle, and a Jump Blues special, Jump Jive & Wail, in hour two of the show.

Plus music from blues artists with concerts in the coming week and new music from Muddy Gurdy, Deb Ryder, Marcia Ball, Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps, and more.

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Willis Alan Ramsey has, to date, released one album. Issued on Shelter Records in 1972, his self-titled debut remains a high water mark in the pantheon of American singer-songwriter albums. The 11 songs that comprise the record speak volumes about the artist's maturity and breadth of musical and lyrical interests.

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Formed more than 30 years ago in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, The Jayhawks have undergone something of a career renaissance in recent years. After an ill-fated reunion with founding member Mark Olson came to an end around 2012, the band soon found its footing again and completed a reissue campaign that expanded on some classic albums it made into the early 2000s. Then, in 2016, came Paging Mr. Proust, a lean and imaginative album that saw the outfit taking some of the biggest musical risks of its career.

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Kansas Resettlement Agency Working To Increase Next Year's Cap On Refugee Admissions

Under former President George W. Bush, the highest ceiling on the number of refugees admitted into the U.S. was 80,000. Under Barack Obama, it was 110,000. President Donald Trump set this year's cap at 45,000. “And based on the numbers so far, we're looking at less than half that many that we were told would be allowed into the country," says Harold Schlechtweg, the advocacy coordinator with the International Rescue Committee in Kansas.

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